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Adam Winer

Flashes

ONE IN A THOUSAND It’s a tradition here at EW: Every thousand years, we ask celebs to tell us their resolutions for the new millennium. Here’s the latest installment:

”I hope that in the next millennium I’ll do a movie with my son Michael.” – KIRK DOUGLAS

”Staying humble, remaining grateful, and saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ and ‘Excuse me.”’ – ANGELA BASSETT

”To always stay in the crosswalk. Not to jaywalk in the year 2000.” – WILL FERRELL (SNL)

”Gather dirt on Regis Philbin.” – GARTH ANCIER, president of NBC Entertainment

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Flashes: Conan O'Brien's Trademark

Back to the Future Nobody can be sure how many unsettling changes — malfunctioning phones, crashing ATMs, a lack of millennium features in magazines — the new year may bring. But count on one thing staying the same: Conan O’Brien will continue to predict the far-off future with his trademark segment ”In the Year 2000” — despite the arrival of the year 2000. ”We’ll beat it to death,” says head writer Jonathan Groff.

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Matt Groening sounds off against Fox

Matt Groening

You’d think Matt Groening could get whatever he wanted from Fox, considering he created the network’s longest running hit with ”The Simpsons.” But when it comes to his new show ”Futurama,” Fox’s support has been about as stable as the Springfield nuclear reactor. Trying to buoy a floundering fall lineup, the network announced last week that it was bumping ”Futurama” from the week’s cushiest spot, Sundays at 8:30 p.m., beginning Jan 9 – to make room for its prime-time-hope du jour, ”Malcolm in the Middle,” the new sitcom about a child genius.

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Stars Workin' It Online

For a while there, it looked like celebrities might be left out of the dot-com boom, thereby rearranging the order of the financial and cultural elite and quite possibly tilting the world off its axis. But don’t worry: Big names like Cindy Crawford, Whoopi Goldberg, Alanis Morissette, William Shatner, and Master P are getting in on the act by trading their stardom for shares in deals with publicity-hungry Internet companies.

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Extra wedding gowns created a problem on ''The Bachelor'' set

Chris O'Donnell

”The dresses were hideous,” says Chris O’Donnell of the thousand wedding gowns scraped together for the big bridal chase scene in ”The Bachelor,” a remake of Buster Keaton’s film ”Seven Chances.” ”Some were so ugly we just said, ‘Ugh, put her in the back.”’

O’Donnell isn’t the only one who was scared off by the garments, which were crammed into two trailers on the lot as filming drew to a close. ”Every once in a while a new person from the studio would come out,” says costume designer Terry Dresbach.

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